JACKSONVILLE, Fla., March 11, 2011 - James Madison (5-5) won its third straight dual match 5-2 win against Penn (5-8) on Friday afternoon on the campus of North Florida in Jacksonville.
Freshman Jacqueline Palmucci (Aurora, Colo./Cherokee Trail) went 2-0 on the day to help the Dukes improve to .500 on the season. She improved to 18-1 in singles and 10-4 in doubles play during her rookie campaign.
The Quakers jumped out to the early 1-0 lead after rallying to claim the doubles point. JMU took advantage early at No. 3 doubles with a comfortable 8-3 win by Palmucci and freshman Ruxandra Andriescu (Brampton, Ontario/Turner Fenton) against Jules Rodin and Lauren Bridges.
Penn evened the score when Alexa Ely and Daniela DePaoli defeated junior Kinsey Pate (Matthews, N.C./Jordan) and sophomore Michelle Nguyen (Springfield, Va./South County) 8-6 at No. 1.
Stephanie Do and Emma Whitfield gave the Quakers the doubles point when they took an 8-6 win over sophomore Katherine Bulling(Loveland, Ohio/Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy) and junior Leah DeMasters (Lititz, Pa./Manheim Township) at No. 2.
The Dukes won five of six singles matches, all in straight sets to pick up the victory.
Palmucci cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 win over DePaoli at No. 3 to tie the match at 1-1, and Bulling gave JMU the lead for good with a 6-3, 6-1 decision against Rodin at No. 5. Nguyen followed with a win at No. 2 against Do, 6-1, 6-1, to give the Dukes a 3-1 advantage.
Sophomore Megan Douglass (Wilton, Conn./St. Luke's) won the decisive fourth point for JMU with a 6-4, 6-4 victory at No. 4 versus Whitfield. Pate rounded out the Dukes' scoring with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Ely at No. 1 that gave them a 5-1 lead.
Bridges concluded the dual match with a close 7-5, 4-6, 10-6 win over Andriescu at No. 6.
JMU returns to action March 15 with its first home dual match of the spring against Howard. That match is set for a 2:30 p.m. start at Hillside Courts on campus.